After today’s item (I can’t bring myself to call it a piece of journalism) in the Torygraph I felt obliged to write to Mr McTernan, so I emailed him this;
Dear Mr McTernan
Where do I begin?
Your item in The Telegraph regarding George Osborne ‘ruing’ the day left me angry, and quite frankly appalled.
Firstly you describe the Police Service as ‘the last bastion of unreformed public services’. You have presumably never heard, then, of the Police Reform Act of 2002 and the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
Sir Patrick Sheehy and Sir William Macpherson both presided over major Enquiries which brought about significant reforms. Indeed the last, coalition, government instigated Tom Winsor’s Reforms and the current Home Secretary is constantly telling us that ‘Reform is Working’. So on what do you base your assertions that they are ‘unreformed’?
“The last bastion of union control”. You should be fully aware that the Police Federation is specifically NOT a union, the Police have no industrial rights and many actually view the Police Federation as a ‘toothless tiger’, certainly not the aggressive Union that you seem to have in mind.
You do the thousands of good, honest, hard-working officers, each of whom has considerable restrictions placed on their private lives, no credit whatsoever. Your item will no doubt be seen as negative and offensive by many, and, accordingly I would invite you to apologise to them all for the ‘inaccuracies’ in your item.
Retired Police Officer
If anybody else wants to write and offer him your opinion lease feel free to do so.